Friday, July 12, 2013

Phlegm / Mucus Issues

I have issues constantly clearing my throat of mucus and my voice is thin and reedy. The only time my voice feels strong is when I have a cold and the mucus tends to be in the nose. My voice is obviously different when I have a cold but never the less stronger and more resonant. Can you help?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

If mucous is especially thick, simply increasing hydration can be very effective in thinning your secretions and lessening the sensation of the need to clear your throat. That being said, there can be any number of reasons for chronic problems with excessive mucous and the vocal weakness you describe; see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician for an evaluation.

Good luck!

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